While we at Cosmo believe in the power of a professional hairstylist and colorist, we enjoy doing DIY hair projects every now and then—especially if it calls for ingredients that are safe and non-toxic. For those who are wary of the chemicals that come with commercial hair color, you may try dyeing your hair using ingredients from your kitchen or pantry.
According to medical vlogger Dr. Rasya Dixit, it’s okay to use food ingredients to color your hair, as long as they are organic and chemical-free. "If you want to do it at home, it’s very safe to do it," she said in her vlog. As long as you aren’t specifically allergic to these ingredients, then go for it.
1. Coffee or Tea
How would you like coffee, ma’am? In this case, we’d like ours extra dark and strong, please. According to beauty bloggers who have tried dyeing their hair with coffee or tea, the stronger the brew, the better. The beauty writers of Spoon University experimented using Dunkin Donuts dark roast ground coffee, and the result is shiny, dark hair. There are actually different ways to do it. Some brew the coffee in water first before letting the hair soak, while other mix fresh grounds with conditioner and use it as leave-on paste. Feel free to use other brands and types of ground coffee. The blogger below opted for kapeng barako and used the first method.
2. Kool Aid
Using this brightly colored drink to dye hair has been a classic childhood experiment for decades. One of Kool Aid’s main ingredients is food color, so just choose the shade you want on your mane. You may mix the powder directly with water and conditioner to create a leave-on paste, or boil the Kool Aid in water first before dipping your hair in the solution. For a light touch of color, leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing, but if you like a stronger, longer-lasting color, soak your hair for up to five hours before rinsing with water. Whatever process you pick, the Kool Aid color will wash off in a few weeks, tops.
3. Fruits and Veggies
If you’ve tried slicing beetroots at home to make a salad or a smoothie, you’ll notice that the natural red juice temporarily stains your hands. A lot of organic retail companies use the essence of beetroots, pomegranate, and other fruits and vegetables to dye fabrics, so many DIY-ers apply the same principle to coloring hair. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits and veggies will also give your hair a free nourishing treatment when applied. The only downside is that the color is light (only noticeable under the sun) and lasts for only a few days. It’s a hit or miss, so we found a recipe that combines multiple ingredients such as beetroot, berries, and hibiscus flowers. Check out the video below.